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Assistant Director (International) - Melbourne Centre for Cities, The University of Melbourne

Alexei Trundle is Assistant Director (International) of the Melbourne Centre for Cities, and is Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne. His current research focuses on the way that cities are contributing to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as urban climate resilience and adaptation planning in Pacific Small Island Developing States.

From 2016-2020 Alexei was the Future Cities Coordinator at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. Prior to this he was employed at RMIT University's Global Cities Research Institute, where he managed a number of climate change adaptation research projects across the Asia-Pacific region. He has led development of an Urban Resilience and Climate Adaptation Plan for Honiara, capital of the Solomon Islands, and Port Vila, Vanuatu, and has an interest in the development of integrated climate change adaptation methodologies.

Alexei is a Scientific Advisor to the UN-Habitat Cities and Climate Change Initiative in the Pacific region and is a Steering Committee member of the Research for Development Impact (RDI) Network. Previously Alexei was a Research Associate at the United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme, and a Visiting Scientist at the United Nations University in Bonn, Germany. His doctoral studies were based at the Australian-German Climate & Energy College, examining how informal settlements in Pacific Small Island Developing States interacted with Climate Resilient Development initiatives in post-disaster settings.


  • 2022–present
    Associate Director International, Melbourne Centre for Cities, University of Melbourne
  • 2017–2021
    Future Cities Coordinator, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne
  • 2020–2021
    Research Fellow - Sustainable Urban Development , Connected Cities Lab, University of Melbourne
  • 2012–2016
    Research Associate, Climate Change Adaptation Program, RMIT University
  • 2011–2012
    Policy Officer, Office of the Commissioner of Sustainability and the Environment


  • 2020 
    University of Melbourne, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2010 
    Australian National University, Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (Sustainability) (Honours)